Pool Project Progresses in the Philippines

our new pool in the philippines guimaras

Our pool project progresses in the Philippines. It’s been a month since I first gave an update on this major undertaking at our new home in the Philippines. Our five-man construction crew has been working hard under a torrid summer sun with temperatures now approaching 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Summer has hit our mango island province of Guimaras but the humidity thus far only stands at 59%. The average humidity for the island province we call home is 86%. longshot of our new pool in the philippines

Our workers have started laying down a concrete sidewalk which will surround the pool area. A separate crew from Iloilo has installed the necessary pipes and pumps for the project. All the walls, six inches thick, have now been completed.

The walls have been mixed with a product called “Sikalite ®”  and is used for protection against water penetration and recommended to us by several builders. It comes in 800 gram packages at 24 pesos a bag. We purchased 300 bags for our project at Central Hardware in Iloilo.

One pack of Sikalite ® should be mixed to one bag of 40 kg Portland cement.

here is another look at the drainage area for our new pool in the philippines

Here’s a look at a small retaining wall built around the pool area which help keep the monsoon rains out. The entire area above the hollow blocks will be paved and has drain pipes already installed.

a look at our pool and our new home in the philippines

A view of the retaining wall with our house and dirty kitchen in the background.

a drainage area surrounds our new pool in the philippines

Another picture of the pool’s interior. Again, the dirt path you see that encircles the pool will be paved making a nice pathway for the new pool area.

the island in our new pook in the philippines

There will be a small “island” in the center of our swimming pool in the Philippines. In the middle of the island will be a small champagne palm tree. The island will be built to look similar to the design shown below.

pool designs photos

Here’s a look at one of the views from our new pool area. The tree shown in the foreground may be cut down if I can convince my asawa to part with it. It will certainly shed leaves into the water at one point and in my opinion, somewhat blocks our view. However, convincing my spouse to part with one tree, flower or plant will be a hard sell. I might have to offer her an opportunity to buy a new tree to replace this one.

another view of our new pool in the philippines

Author: The Kano

POST AUTHOR: "THE KANO" aka "THE CRUSTY OLD EXPAT." Dave DeWall, "The Kano", is the Publisher & Editor-in-Chief of "Philippines Plus" in publication since August 2009. He is also the CEO of Lizard Poop Productions and author of the best-selling guide book "The Philippines Expat Advisor." Dave moved to the Philippines in July 2009 from Central Illinois with his lovely wife of over 19 years, "The Sainted Patient Wife." The couple reside in a rural province in Western Visayas, Guimaras. The small island province is said to have the sweetest mangoes in the world. They do not have any children but are the proud owners of eight active canines, including a Belgian Shepherd called "Killer" "Killer" has bitten five people in the last two years along with one goat and a carabao. "Killer" doesn't like strangers. Or goats. Or carabaos.

14 thoughts on “Pool Project Progresses in the Philippines

  1. Dave,

    Looks like it’s progressing well. Is there a date for completion yet? Summer sure is beginning as we used our fan in the bedroom for the first time since Oct.

    1. We don’t have a firm completion date, Papa Duck, though we hope to have the project completed by this June. I’ve been using the fan to cool my fat head for months now, though Melinda doesn’t usually need it. In fact, I’ve been tempted to use the air con at night. Summer is here, not doubt about that.

  2. There are pools and there are pools – but that’s a pool!

    My wife dreams of a pool when we live in the Philippines. I am OK with it but would just as soon stay at the beach. But looking at the pic of your final fantasy – well I could sure give up the beach for that!

    1. Well,Dave W, I promised my wife years ago that we would have a pool once we built our dream home in the Philippines. Thankfully, the folks that invested our retirement income for us did a super job and enabled us to have the extra funds to build the pool. While the beach is only 30 minutes from us, it will be much easier to have everyone over for birthday celebrations at our house once the pool is completed.

  3. Hi Dave, pool looks great or the bees knees has they say, I’m sure you’re going to have great fun and it’s great exercise swimming, joined a gym a few weeks ago
    Man it’s hard work 3 times a week but feel better for it, wife said I drink to much
    I blame the rice lol stopped smoking over 20 years ago damnd if I’m going to stop
    Drinking not in this heat Manila certainly got hotter this week,
    Air conditioning back on in the bedroom now,Derek in pasig.

    1. “Bees knees,” I’ll have to try that one out on my British expat friends, Derek.

      I’ve given up my daily walks but after some minor prodding from my loving and concerned asawa I’ve been working outside on various projects early in the morning. I’ve recently upgraded our dogs’ shelter to give them some additional shade and currently have been cashew hunting and collect cashew fruit from the myriad of cashew trees on our property.

      It certainly is getting hotter, Derek. I’m getting ready to flip our air con on in the bedroom very soon. 🙂

  4. Looking good Dave! Will be nice to walk out of the house and just dive in. My back aches just thinking about all of the shoveling it must have taken to move all that dirt. Some hard working Filipino’s for sure.

    1. Thanks, Mike. We’ve got a good crew. They’re mostly young guys with brother-in-law Joery, in his early 40’s, the old geezer of the lot. I don’t know that I could have worked under such conditions 40 years ago. 🙂

  5. Hey Dave..the pool is looking great ! , just what you need for the long & hot summer days.. Whats the rough estimate of your costs..Is the maintenance much of an issue..? Your definitely living in style for Guimaras !.. regards Nick in Vancouver

    1. Thanks, Nick.

      Final costs aren’t in yet, Nick, but the pool equipment we purchased in Iloilo, pumps, drains, filters, etc., amounted to 180,000 pesos. We paid 25,000 pesos to have the Iloilo crew do all the plumbing work.

  6. hi sir dave,

    hows the status of your swimming pool today..have you started doing water proofing?kindly take a picture for the latest progress of construction.

    1. Hello, Alfredo. Yes, the waterproofing has begun. The pump room is under construction and the crew will soon begin laying in the concrete for the floor. The crew is off the rest of the week for Holy Week and will begin work again next Monday. Take care.

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